In the past two years ,BaptistCare HopeStreet Dubbo has helped over 6,000 locals, served over 10,000 meals and distributed almost 7,500 food parcels worth over $46,000 to those in need.
These accomplishments and more were recognised when the not-for-profit Christian based care organisation celebrated its two-year anniversary with an event at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo.
BaptistCare HopeStreet community centre manager for the western cluster Karen Windley said the transition it has made since its opening in 2018 has been remarkable.
"It was a great celebration of our collaboration and commitment to the Dubbo community, and wider communities," Mrs Windley said.
Clients, partners, staff from the Dubbo Regional Council, churches and other agencies were all in attendance on the day to reflect of some of the organisations milestones over its two-years operating.
Mrs Windley, who hosted the event, also drew attention to the increase of people contacting them for support, especially since the Coronavirus.
"We've been really busy since COIVD-19," she said.
"We've seen a big increase in those affected by suicide, specifically from those who have lost their young sons to suicide, in recent times and since the pandemic started.
"We've also seen an increase in homelessness, domestic violence victims and those suffering from substance abuse."
Since COVID-19 peeked in Australia BaptistCare HopeStreet Dubbo has been servicing a wider area, as far as out to Walgett, which Mrs Windley said is a good thing to have come of it.
"It is a privilege to be able to support the people who come to us for help," Mrs Windley said.
"And we are still seeing good results in terms of those supporting us."
However, Mrs Windley is reiterating the need for that support to continue in order for the organisation to cater towards the increase people seeking its help.
"Anyone who would like to become a volunteer, donate goods in kind or donate can go to hopestreet.org.au\donate," she said.
"It is important for us to continue working collaboratively as a community to help continue bringing hope to the streets.
"We have a quote from Helen Keller that we really want to get out there; Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much."
Anyone who is experiencing distress is urged to seek help.
You can call Lifeline on 13 11 14.
Victims of domestic violence are also encouraged to report incidences.
Incidences can be reported to Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000.
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